I wish you the very best of results and a speedy recovery.
I'm seeing the surgeons at the Marsden about a risk-reducing mastectomy on my remaining breast and a bilateral DIEP, as it can't be done at my local hospital in Exeter, but I haven't been given a date yet.
I've just discovered a book, "The Boudicca Within", put together by Elaine Sassoon, the consultant plastic surgeon at the Norwich and Norfolk. Basically it's photographs of some of Miss Sassoon's patients, after reconstruction, showing what their breasts look like post surgery and speking about their respective experiences. I found the photographs most encouraging and would recommend anyone about to undergo that type of procedure. Difficult to avoid erring towards either Page 3 type of glamour photos or scary medical textbook illustrations, but the book achieves a good balance, I think. As coffee table books go , it's quite unique! If you haven't already come across it, I think you might find it interesting.
Gill, I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you. Pancake, I hope you are mending fast.
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Be brazen! Hi Tracey
My hair started to grow back around Christmas time. When shopping for New Year sales bargains with my sister, I allowed her to persuade me to dump the hat and/or scarf I would normally wear. I found that my v.v. short hair attracted much less attention than my usual headgear and therefore went about bare-headed after that. I decided that I needed to show off my head/hair with attitude and went to town with lots of eye make-up and jazzy earrings.
Whatever your decision, I suggest you carry it out with conviction. You have nothing to worry about. Just enjoy yourself.
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